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MMA: Bisping beats bloodied Le in Macau; Woodley stuns Kim

Michael Bisping on the attack against Cung Le, who spent much of the fight struggling to see through bloodied eyes. Photo: The Venetian Macao.

Michael Bisping on the attack against Cung Le, who spent much of the headline bout at UFC Fight Night Macao struggling to see through bloodied eyes. Photo: The Venetian Macao.

August 23, 2014: Michael Bisping battered a bruised and bloodied Cung Le for a fourth-round stoppage in their UFC Fight Night Macao headliner, but praised his opponent as “an absolute warrior” after the 42-year-old American spent most of the fight struggling for vision after sustaining a cut right eye early in the second round.

 

In the co-main event at The Venetian Macao, American welterweight Tyron Woodley stopped Korean Kim Dong-hyun after 61 seconds, while Chinese stars Wang Sai and Zhang Lipeng and Hong Kong-based Alberto ‘Serpico’ Mina earlier earned popular wins on their UFC debuts.

 

Russia’s Milana Dudieva edged Elizabeth Phillips in the first of 10 bouts, although the American left cursing a split-decision defeat after losing the UFC’s first women’s fight in Asia.

 

Bisping, 35, badly needed a win to re-establish himself as a leading middleweight contender, but the fight will be remembered as much for Le’s astonishing willpower, hugely appreciated by a crowd who cheered his name as he left the ring 21 months after his previous fight.

 

Bisping kicks Cung Le on his way to a fourth-round stoppage. Photo: UFC.

Bisping kicks Cung Le on his way to a fourth-round stoppage. Photo: UFC.

Early in the second round, a left jab by Bisping caught Le’s right eye, causing blood to stream down his face and body for the remainder of the round, as the Vietnam-born star desperately tried to avoid being caught by the Englishman in a stand-up fight.

 

After the referee halted the contest so the doctor could check Le’s eye, many expected the fight to called off, but Le chose to carry on to huge cheers from the Cotai crowd. The former Strikeforce champion carried on controlling the centre of the ring, firing away with punches and kicks, while Bisping circled in anticipation, wearing down his opponent with straight punches and even some spinning kicks of his own.

 

The Englishman was generally on top of the contest and even briefly stopped himself Le after pounding Le’s head with three clean punches at the end of the third round, tiring himself out after hurting an increasingly vulnerable opponent with badly swollen eyes.

 

Bisping eventually finished the job early in the fourth, following a series of blows to the head with a brutal left knee that put Le on the floor, where he was left defenceless for the follow-up attack.

 

Tyron Woodley celebrates after his first-round TKO of Kim ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-hyun.

Tyron Woodley celebrates after his first-round TKO of Kim ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-hyun. Photo: UFC.

In the penultimate fight, Woodley finished Kim with a stunning TKO after just 1:01 of the first round. The crowd hardly had time to finish their chorus of “KIM DONG-HYUN” when the UFC’s No. 4-ranked welterweight knocked Kim to the floor with a powerful right to the side of the head, just as the Korean was turning to attempt a spinning attack. Woodley quickly followed up with a series of punches to the head of the dazed ‘Stun Gun’ and the fight was soon stopped.

 

China’s Zhang Lipeng won his UFC debut as he outlasted Australian Brendan O’Reilly and earned a unanimous decision after their three-round lightweight bout.

 

The 24-year-old from Inner Mongolia secured his UFC contract in March by upsetting Wang Sai in The Ultimate Fighter China’s welterweight finale in Macau, and helped redeem the reputation of Chinese fighters after the almost action-free fight that kicked off the four-bout main card.

 

Southpaw Ning Guangyou won a unanimous-decision over Yang Jianping in The Ultimate Fighter China’s postponed featherweight final, but the clash was not worth waiting for and drew boos from the crowd from the first round onwards.

 

The contest – which looked like carefully orchestrated sparring, with only a handful of worthy exchanges – was originally due to be held during the last UFC Fight Night Macao in March, but delayed due to an injury to Yang.

 

Now recovered, the spring-footed Yang spent much of the fight dancing around the ring, earning the boos of the crowd and a referee warning after the first round for lack of action. However, the action barely improved as a contest after that and the previously revved-up crowd voiced their frustration at a contest that was viewed live around the world.

 

China’s Zhang Lipeng repaired the reputation of Chinese fighters on the main card with a unanimous-decision win over Australian Brendan O’Reilly.

Zhang Lipeng repaired the reputation of Chinese fighters on the main card by beating Brendan O’Reilly. Photo: UFC.

 

Wang leads Chinese cheers; Mina delights Hong Kong fans

 

In the last of the six preliminary fights, popular Chinese fighter Wang Sai won his UFC debut with a unanimous-decision win over Englishman Danny Mitchell following one of the night’s toughest fights, with all three judges scoring the contest 29-28.

 

In the first round, Wang focused on kicks and punches, with Mitchell looking most dangerous when using his BJJ background to try to win on the floor. The taller Mitchell then stood up for much of the second and third rounds, trading punches and kicks with the aggressive Wang, who edged the striking contest.

 

Mina earned arguably the biggest cheers among the preliminaries when he won a first-round slugfest against Japan’s Shinsho ‘Animal’ Anzai, with the Epic MMA hero eventually winning with repeated hammer fists after flooring the Japanese with two uppercuts.

 

Called in as a late replacement, the stocky Anzai looked the stronger fighter at the start, as Mina made little headway with attempted straight kicks and slow punches. The two fighters then punched, pounded and wrestled each other almost to a standstill after three minutes, both appearing punch drunk, with Anzai even collapsing to the floor after punching the Brazilian.

 

As the two fighters staggered around the ring, seemingly bereft of any energy, Mina landed decisive uppercuts and floored the Japanese, then landed repeated, undefended blows to Anzai’s head before the fight was stopped.

 

Red-haired Yuta Sasaki also earned big cheers after the night’s fourth fight, climbing the cage to milk the applause of the crowd after a rear-naked choke ended Roland Delorme’s resistance after 1:06 of the first round. The 24-year-old Japanese started the fight with a running kick before throwing a series of punches and eventually throwing the Canadian to the ground, where he dominated and eventually drew the submission.

 

American welterweight Colby Covington dominated Wang Anying before finishing him 10 second from the end of the first round, following a series of brutal elbows and punches to the head while the Chinese fighter lay prone on the ground.

 

However, boos echoed around the Cotai Arena after the night’s second fight, as Singapore’s Royston Wee won a split-decision win over Beijing-based bantamweight Yao Zhikui.

 

Yao started each round swinging aggressively and connecting, with Wee always managing to take the action to the ground. However, Wee barely connected with any punches or threatened while on the ground, while Yao consistently tried to attack. One judge awarded the fight 30-27 to Yao, but the other two gave it 29-98 to Wee, stunning a crowd who had seen only the Chinese fighter look likely to win the fight.

 

Phillips didn’t take her loss as well as Yao did, with the American cursing following the split-decision result following the women’s bantamweight clash.

 

The three rounds followed a similar pattern, with Dudieva prowling in the centre of the ring and attempting huge overhand rights, eventually throwing Phillips to the ground midway through each round. However, each time the American used her BJJ to get on top of Dudieva, but rarely made the most of her dominant position.

 

UFC Fight Night Macao (August 24, 2014), Cotai Arena, The Venetian, Macau

 

Prelims (three rounds)

Women’s Bantamweight – Milana Dudieva (RUS) defeats Elizabeth Phillips by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Bantamweight – Royston Wee (SIN) defeats Yao Zhikui (CHN) by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Welterweight – Colby Covington (USA) defeats Wang Anying (CHN) by submission in Round 1 (4:50)

Bantamweight – Yuta Sasaki (JPN) defeats Roland Delorme (CAN) by submission in Round 1 (1:06)

Welterweight – Alberto Mina (BRA) defeats Shinsho Anzai (JPN) by TKO in Round 1 (4:17)

Welterweight – Wang Sai (CHN) defeats Danny Mitchell (ENG) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Main Card (three rounds unless stated)

Featherweight (TUFC Final) – Ning Guangyou (CHN) defeats Yang Jianping (CHN) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lightweight – Zhang Lipeng (CHN) defeats Brendan O’Reilly (AUS) by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Welterweight – Tyron Woodley (USA) defeats Kim Dong-hyun (KOR) by TKO in Round 1 (1:01)

Middleweight (5 Rounds) – Michael Bisping (ENG) defeats Cung Le (USA) by TKO in Round 4 (0:57)

 

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